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Source: A's lose third base coach Chip Hale to Nationals

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Source: A's lose third base coach Chip Hale to Nationals

The manager and coaching carousel around the major leagues is having a trickle-down effect on the A’s staff.

Chip Hale is leaving Oakland to become the bench coach for the Nationals under new Washington manager Dave Martinez, a source confirmed to NBCSportsCalifornia.com. It’s the second departure from Bob Melvin’s staff since the A’s announced a finalized group of coaches in mid-October. Bullpen coach Garvin Alston left Oct. 26 to take a promotion as the Minnesota Twins’ new pitching coach.

Hale was on his second stint with the A’s, sandwiched around a two-year run as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager. He was scheduled to shift from Oakland’s bench coach to third-base coach for the upcoming season, so the A’s will need to fill a hole for third-base coaching duties. They previously announced that Triple-A manager Ryan Christenson was being promoted to assume bench coach duties.

At the time the announcement of his staff was made, Melvin stressed that he didn’t consider Hale’s shift from bench coach as a demotion, saying he valued having someone experienced coaching third who was on the same page as him during games. But if Hale has aspirations to again be a big league manager, and he’s indicated all along that he does, taking another job as a bench coach could be the quicker route to making that happen again.

Hale also coached the A's infielders so the team will have to assign someone to fill the role.

So as free agency begins and the A’s consider which pieces they may want to add for their 25-man roster, they also have to find a new third base coach and bullpen coach.

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Outfielder Mark Canha had an arthroscopic procedure to remove a cyst from his right wrist Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. He’s expected to be fully healed and ready by the start of spring training.

Maxwell speaks about anthem protest, but stays mum on legal issues

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Maxwell speaks about anthem protest, but stays mum on legal issues

When A's catcher Bruce Maxwell knelt during the anthem last season, he was the first MLB player to do so. He knelt before each of each of Oakland's final nine games, in order to protest racial inequality and in response to President Trump's incendiary comments about NFL players kneeling, but ended the season as the only MLB player to kneel during the anthem. 

This season, he won't kneel at all, he told reporters in a statement on the first day of spring training. 

“Obviously, I didn’t take that lightly,” Maxwell told the San Francisco Chronicle prior to the release of his statement.  “That was to bring awareness to a problem and the face we do see it, we do experience and we have empathy for what’s going on. This year I don’t plan on kneeling. … And we’ll move on forward.”

While Maxwell did address his protest during the anthem, he largely did not address his offseason legal issues.

“It’s ongoing, I can’t really discuss details,” he said. “It’s something me and my lawyers are handling.”

On Oct. 28, Maxwell was arrested in Scottsdale after allegedly pointing a gun at a food-delivery person. He pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct in November, and is set for a settlement conference on April 13 after failing to reach a plea agreement on Monday, according to the Chronicle. 

If an agreement cannot be reached, Maxwell's trial is set to begin on Aug. 9. 

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

The New York Yankees Wednesday announced that they have acquired infielder Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

Wilson, 29, led the Seattle Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship, defeating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. At age 25, Wilson became the third-youngest quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

He has played the past six seasons (2012-17) with Seattle. A four-time Pro-Bowler, Wilson has completed 1,815-of-2,834 pass attempts (64.0 percent) for 22,176 yards and 161 touchdowns. He has compiled a career starting record of 65-30-1. In 2017, Wilson led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes.

"We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. "This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession. 

"After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."

The Richmond, Va., native was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and was acquired by Texas in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. In 2014 and '15, Wilson participated in team workouts at Rangers spring training camp.

In 93 career minor league games between Rookie-level Tri-City (2010) and Single-A Asheville (2011) in Colorado's system, Wilson hit .229/.354/.356 (72-for-315) with 58R, 9 doubles, 8 triples, 5HR, 26RBI and 19SB. In his last 15 games with Asheville in 2011, Wilson hit .302 (16-for-53) with 13R, 5 extra-base hits, 9RBI and 5SB.

A two-sport athlete in college, Wilson graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010. Using his last year of amateur eligibility, Wilson enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and quarterbacked the Badgers to a co-Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance following the 2011 season. 

Wilson is expected to be in Major League camp in March. While he is in Tampa, Wilson will participate in pregame workouts with the club and watch games from the Yankees' dugout.

He will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster.

Yankees media services